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Netizens Applaud Bollywood Star Dia Mirza for Smashing Patriarchy With Woman Priest at Wedding

© AP Photo / Rafiq MaqboolBollywood actress Dia Mirza poses for photographs during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, India, Thursday, 27 August 2015.
Bollywood actress Dia Mirza poses for photographs during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, India, Thursday, 27 August 2015. - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.02.2021
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Bollywood actress and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Dia Mirza - who shot to fame with her romantic Hindi film ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ - recently got married for the second time to businessman Vaibhav Rekhi.

Netizens are full of praise for Bollywood actress Dia Mirza who has challenged India's strongly embedded patriarchy by choosing an elderly priestess - Sheela Atta - to conduct her Hindu wedding ceremony with businessman Vaibhav Rekhi in Mumbai.

The actress posted her wedding pictures in which the priestess can be seen conducting their wedding rituals.

Netizens described themselves as awe-struck that she had managed to break free of the convention of having male priest preside at her wedding.

“Living feminism in the true sense,” one fan commented.

​The 39-year-old has also broken the taboo about women remarrying - this is her second time up the aisle, after she got divorced in 2019 from her first husband, filmmaker Sahil Sangha, to whom she was married for five years.

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